Connie worked full-time for our family by providing care for my mother for 15 months. During that time Connie worked patiently to earn my mother's trust (my mother did not want a caregiver) until they were, ultimately, friends. Connie's extensive knowledge and insights were extremely helpful for my mother and for the rest of the family as she patiently guided us through the last stages of my mother's life. She quickly learned how best to get my mother to eat (eat with her), how best to get her to do something she didn't want to do (give her a choice, each with an acceptable result. i.e. Do you want to wear these pajamas? Or these pajamas? - both acceptable answers but still giving my mother a choice) and so much more. It was often Connie who alerted me to new behaviors or concerns and possible causes as my mother s anxieties increased or her physical and/or mental faculties decreased. Typically Connie was spot on. Connie cared for my mother respectfully and without judgement and always within the parameters we had established from the beginning. My mother had 24 hour care; however, Connie quickly because the lead caregiver. Often directing other caregivers on how best to handle situations with my mother, keeping a very detailed notebook on each days events and observations and even allowing other caregivers to call her on her days off if they had a question or concern. Connie quickly became a valued resource for us all. I would not hesitate to recommend Connie to another family in need. Her care allowed the entire family to have confidence that my mother was in good, capable and loving hands.
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